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Toyota Plans to Cut Carbon Emissions by 90% by 2050

Posted March 29, 2016 9:45 AM by Jordan Perch
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Japanese automaker Toyota is investing a lot of money into the development of alternative fuel vehicles, and it has been among the leaders in green vehicles for quite some time now. Lately, Toyota has been focused on developing hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles, as well as new hybrid models, in an effort to further reduce the negative environmental impact of its vehicles.

Now, the company has decided to ramp up its efforts for curbing its carbon footprint even further, announcing that it has adopted new ambitious environmental targets. The Japanese manufacturer has announced that it plans to drastically increase production of fuel-cell vehicles over the next few years and cut CO2 emissions from manufacturing processes at its plants.

Toyota has unveiled its bold environmental challenge, which is divided into three areas: ever-better cars, ever-better manufacturing, and enriching lives of communities. One of the main challenges in this plan is meeting an annual global sales target of 30,000 hydrogen-powered vehicles by 2020, including selling 1,000 fuel-cell cars per month in Japan only.

In terms of the efforts for popularizing and accelerating the adoption of fuel-cell vehicles, Toyota has partnered up with Nissan and Honda to promote and support the installation and operation of hydrogen refueling stations by 2020. The three car makers have agreed to support operational costs for hydrogen stations over the next couple of years.

The company currently sells one fuel-cell model, the Mirai sedan, which went on sale less than a year ago, and which it has received about 1,500 orders so far. As far as hybrids are concerned, Toyota says that it will launch new hybrid models and try to sell 1.5 million hybrids per year and cumulative sales of 15 million by the end of the decade.

Another ambitious, and potentially very meaningful environmental goal that Toyota has set for itself is a 90% reduction of CO2 emissions from new vehicles by 2050 compared to 2010 levels. Also, it hopes that it will manage to eliminate carbon dioxide emissions at all of its factories by then.

Toyota intends to meet these goals by increasing the use of renewable energy sources in its production processes and reducing the use of fossil fuels. The company plans to start using hydrogen to generate electricity at some of its plants, drawing on its experience with fuel-cell technology. Also, Toyota will use wind power, biomass and hydroelectric power to generate electricity at its plant in Brazil.

Furthermore, Toyota will develop new and more efficient internal combustion engines and electrified drivetrains. It says that it will launch 14 new engines, and that it will develop a new power control unit for hybrid vehicles, employing a next generation power semiconductor that is supposed to lead to a 10% increase in fuel efficiency.

By unveiling such an ambitious plan, Toyota clearly states that it intends on becoming global leader in terms of building green vehicles, and making its manufacturing process as eco-friendly as possible. Now it remains to be seen whether it will be able to achieve these goals and whether other automakers will decide to follow suit and boost their environmental sustainability efforts.


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